Jurassic World’s Mosasaur – Videos

I finally went to see “Jurassic World” this weekend. When the mosasaur appeared on screen, I thought, hey, I mentioned that giant sea lizard in Not by Fire but by Ice.


Here’s a video that describes the mosasaur. Turns out that in real life the mosasaur was “only” 60 feet long.

That’s still longer than a semi-trailer truck!



Anyway, I grabbed Not by Fire but by Ice and looked up what I had written about mosasaurs. Here’s an excerpt:

“The enormous sea level drop at the end-Cretaceous, along with the change in weather (it turned deadly cold), provide the key, not only to the dinosaurs’ demise, but to every major extinction in history.

“It’s one of those “Oh, by the way” things. “Oh, by the way, end-Cretaceous seas stood 1,100 to 1,800 feet higher than today. Whoa! That’s a third of a mile! Wouldn’t that mean that almost half of the United States and Canada was under water?

“That’s exactly what it means.

“End-Cretaceous seas stretched north from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Circle and east from the Rockies to the Appalachians. Where midwestern farmers now plant their fields of wheat and drive to their churches on Sundays, huge mosasaurs (giant sea lizards) once cavorted in waters some 300 feet above their heads, swimming in lazy circles where steeples now pierce the sky.

“Real  sharks  plied  the  seas  where  modern-day  lawyers  sit  and scheme in their high-rise conference rooms. Eyeball-to-eyeball with their ancient brethren, their coveted offices on the 30th floor would have been underwater. Even at 35-stories tall, today’s soaring buildings would have looked short and squat, barely poking up through  the water like those ubiquitous oil platforms you see dotting the Gulf of Mexico.

“Then poof! The water drained away almost overnight, catching those mosasaurs and sharks without warning.”


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9 thoughts on “Jurassic World’s Mosasaur – Videos”

    • My guess is that you were alive at that time, thus you know that for a fact? You are guessing, just as everyone else is guessing. Nothing says your guess is more correct than any other, other than, of course, yourself.

      Since the end of the 19th century, science has turned into a guessing game proved by sought after evidence, rarely disputed by accidentally discovered contrarian evidence. We actually don’t “know” a whole helluva lot, but we sure act like our “knowledge” is chiseled in stone.

      We determine the “future climate” by looking at things we “say” approximate data – proxies – arrived at by “guessing.” We can determine present conditions and we can build off that knowledge, but we prefer to “guess” based on what we “think” we know, rather than on the small data that we actually do know.

      When science finally comes back around to accepting that only hard data counts, not computer models, not proxy guesses, not solutions that came in dreams, then science can regain the mantle of wisdom that it had “back when.” Right now, it is so full of itself that it is closer to bad science fiction than science. Fact is, good science fiction tends to be better since it extrapolates from what is known, not what is assumed.

      • Of course you are exactly right !

        If today’s scientists – especially climate scientists – were at the forefront of 19th century science we’d still believe in the “aether” – just like the “father” of the “greenhouse effect” Arrhenius.

        (For example radiation would still be a complete mystery just as it obviously is to climate scientists – and the rest of us really if I am honest as we have only a basic understanding really.)

        Of course the chances I’d be sitting In Australia typing this for publication on a US based website would be zero.

    • Not everywhere. When the great ice Damm broke in what is now Alberta, bad news for everything south of it. All those happy campers living in what is now Mediterranean Sea, where not gradually flooded when Atlantic Ocean began pouring into.

      And, let us not forget the Mastodons caught without their snow shoes in a not so gradual snow that kind of buried them alive.

      No need to go into, what happens when big meters crash into snow up Noth melting billions of cubic feet of snow which flooded into the Atlantic shutting down that slow moving Atlantic Conveyor Belt. Was it the Clovis tribes who got a lesson in not so gradual and slow change?

    • You would think after that Chaos Theory would have been better taught in uni ersities. Probably, too many invested keeping status quo – research grants in junk.

      All feed back systems are subject to rapidly changing states then periods of stability. Hence, long term forecasting is not possible.

      In as much as solar system sun are a giant interactive feedback system, most likely the same occurs but time periods are much longer considering the forces and masses involved. When it happens, probably a good approach have human race located throughout solar system and maybe on extended journeys to other systems.

    • The land did not rose, but rather, the Earth expanded, causing the sea to become more spread out.

      Also, the Expanding Earth Theory nicely explains why creatures were much bigger than today (insects so large that it is impossible for them to support their weight today). Gravity was much less when the Earth was smaller with less mass. Hence, huge creatures.

      • pubs, I think you’re on to something. People just don’t understand the effect gravity has on size & survivability; ditto for heat. Animals that large had to eat a lot of other large animals.

  1. If millions upon millions of dinosaurs went extinct in a matter of weeks when an asteroid hit the earth then why doesn’t the KT boundary have fossil bones of dinosaurs. With a mass extinction the boundary should be chuck full of bones but not one dino bone has ever been found in the KT boundary. Seems logical to me that the dinosaurs were already extinct at the time of the impact.

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